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Paul Casey withdraws from Buick Classic

Paul Casey of England withdrew from the Buick Invitational on Wednesday, citing a back injury.

Casey played in his first Ryder Cup last year, then made headlines in November with anti-American remarks in an interview with the Sunday Times of London, saying U.S. fans can be ``bloody annoying'' and the vast majority of them don't know what's going on.

Casey made his '05 debut last week in the Sony Open and missed the cut at 9-over 149, matching the score of 15-year-old Michelle Wie. He previously withdrew from the FBR Open in Phoenix, where he has a home.

There were no incidents from the gallery last week in Hawaii, which has the most laid-back fans on tour. But there have been reports Casey has received a cold shoulder in the locker room.

John Cook played a practice round with him last week -- both play Nike equipment -- and said some tour players were not ready to forget the comments.

``They want to know a little more,'' Cook told Golf World magazine. ``They want him to approach them, one on one, and explain himself, like he did with me.''

Brad Faxon did not know about Casey's back injury Wednesday, but said the best thing he could do was to admit his comments were wrong and keep playing.

``Every time you withdraw, you're going to create more publicity for yourself,'' Faxon said. ``I think he's a nice guy, and I think he could do a lot for himself by being here. I just think the more you hide, the harder it is to come back from that stuff.''

 

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